Last week, and even into the weekend, was a pretty stressful time for our great nation. Maybe we've all learned some things. Tonight, we can all be MURICANS again, though, as our women's national team takes on Colombia in the World Cup with -- finally -- nothing but baseball to serve as a distraction.
Our man Bracket checked in with number 76, backup tackle Ajahne Brager.
If you had any doubt at all about the strength of K-State's returning defensive backfield -- or at least their perception nationally -- you can relax. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranked this year's defensive backs and slotted Danzel McDaniel as the seventh-best corner in the nation... and Dante Barnett as the sixth-best safety. The only other team with a top-ten nod at both corner and safety is LSU, and Brown calls DM/DB one of the nation's top pairings in the secondary.
Ed Valentine, our colleague over at Big Blue View, writes about Giants WR Chris Harper and his admittedly slim chances of sticking on the Giants' 53 this season.
Tom D'Angelo at the Palm Beach Post talks about the graduate transfer rule.
Mike DeFabo, writing for the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Ill., profiles junior-to-be Joey St. Pierre, whose phone started ringing off the hook Monday when first contacts with incoming juniors were allowable under NCAA rules. St. Pierre, a 6'8" 245 power forward from Richmond-Burton High in Richmond, Ill., is a high three-star who worked out with Bruce Weber and his staff at a camp during his sophomore year.
Via the Capital-Journal, a profile piece on Lon Kruger and how Oklahoma may be his best coaching job yet.
Chris Wolff at Iowa State Daily reports, by way of CBS's Jon Rothstein, that the Cyclones will be holding onto former Fred Hoiberg assistant T.J. Otzelberger. Otzelberger, who was also a candidate to fill the vacancy ultimately taken by Steve Prohm, hasn't actually been in Ames the last two seasons, though; after seven years there, he took off for Washington. Hoiberg rehired Otzelberger shortly before receiving the Bulls' offer. Also reported: current Cyclone assistant Cornell Mann will not be returning.
Robert Streb fired an eagle on eight yesterday on his way to an even-par 70 at the treacherous Chambers Bay course. The former Wildcat finished the tournament at 7-over, good for 42nd place. The Capital-Journal's Garrett Johnston reports that Streb now waits to see if his FedEx Cup ranking will remain sufficient to qualify him for next month's Open Championship at St. Andrews.